August 26, 2022

Facebook: Fix Wiki with Artificial Intelligence

  • The Hill

By Ophelia Garrett

In Brief: 

The self-professed “misinformation police” of Meta, formally known as Facebook are on to their next project. They are allegedly proposing a new plan to use Artificial Intelligence (AI) to improve the “accuracy” of articles on the Liberal Left online “encyclopedia” Wikipedia.

The Background: 

During the most recent presidential election, as well as the pandemic, Meta became notorious for their constant censorship of anything not in alignment with the Leftist narrative, using their supposedly “Independent” fact checkers. Now, they’re working on a new system. However, they’re quick to claim it is not in effect just yet, but still in the research phase, stating, “Wikimedia and Meta are not partnering on this project. The project is still in the research phase and not being used to automatically update any content on Wikipedia.”

Breitbart News has frequently reported on Wikipedia’s left-wing bias. Most recently, the site’s editors feverishly edited the article on recession to better reflect Biden administration talking points:

“Editors of the leftist-dominated online encyclopedia are pushing a definition of “recession” that is unusually broad and favors the Biden administration’s claims that no recession has occurred. This definition, from the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), claims that a recession is a ” significant decline in economic activity spread across the market, lasting more than a few months.”
 
What was until recently the broad consensus on the definition of a recession — two consecutive          quarters of negative GDP growth — remains at the top of the page, but editors have been attempting to remove it. This definition is also described as the United Kingdom’s definition. The article continues to note, further down the page in a section on the definition, that “in a 1975 New York Times article, economic statistician Julius Shiskin suggested several rules of thumb for defining a recession, one of which was ‘two down quarters of GDP.’”

 

Notable Quotes: 

“I think we were driven by curiosity at the end of the day. We wanted to see what was the limit of this technology.” – Fabio Petroni, research lead manager for the FAIR (Fundamental AI Research) team of Meta AI

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